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|40 Days of Purpose is a powerful life-changing campaign for all the church. This campaign encourages every member of the congregation to participate in deepening their relationship with God through worship, small group studies and through daily personal readings. Over 2000+ churches in the UK have completed and benefited from 40 Days of Purpose.
It is the three emphases (worship; small group sharing and individual daily readings) coming together that make 40 Days of Purpose so effective. It has been the beginning of newly spiritually awakened churches growing together in Christ and reaching more people in the community than ever before.
The programme was developed by Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback Church, USA, and is based on his best-selling book "The Purpose Driven Life". Everybody participating will receive a copy of the book which has 40 short chapters, one to be read each day.
Each week addresses one of the five purposes for our lives and gives a linked memory verse:
Week 1 - What on Earth am I here for? (Ephesians 2:10)
Week 2 - Worship: You were planned for God's pleasure (Mark 12:30)
Week 3 - Fellowship: You were formed for God's family (Romans 12:5)
Week 4 - Discipleship: You were created to become like Christ (Phil 2:5)
Week 5 - Ministry: You were shaped for serving God (Peter 4:10)
Week 6 - Evangelism: You were made for a Mission (Colossians 4:5)
Small groups are at the heart of 40 Days of Purpose because they are at the heart of the church. They are about truth and life - working out what the truth is and how to put it into action in our lives. This opportunity to look at the Bible together allows us a deeper understanding of God's purpose for our lives, while building friendships with others in the church. Small groups help us to make a deeper connection with God and with other people.
We started this campaign with a Launch Event on Wednesday 8th June 2011 where we had a meal together and listened to an overview of the campaign by Rick Warren. We then idividually read the Purpose Driven Life book over the 40 day period from Monday 13th June - Friday 22nd July and meet weekly in our small groups to discuss what we had read.
To download the weekly sermon notes, please click on the relevant week below:
Week 1 Sermon Notes
Week 2 Sermon Notes
Week 3 Sermon Notes
Week 4 Sermon Notes
Week 5 Sermon Notes
Week 6 Sermon Notes